It can be harder to get pregnant the second time around, but there are steps you can take to beat the odds.
Now that your firstborn is getting older and you feel like you have gotten the hang of motherhood (finally!), you might be ready to expand your family once again. But, after months of negative pregnancy tests, you begin to wonder: … Continue reading →
Congratulations! The results are in, and you have a bun in the oven. But don’t think that’s the only test you have to pass—there are still plenty more to come.
If you’re expecting, prepare to be the center of some major medical attention. There will be lots of tests (more than you took in high school!), and you’ll clock serious face-time with your health care provider. But it doesn’t mean … Continue reading →
A pregnant gal's guide to what's going on down there.
Your female anatomy is, of course, a physical part of you, but you’re probably not as familiar with it as, say, your eyes or your feet. Maybe that’s because it can literally be a pain in the neck to see … Continue reading →
Today’s best practices are a bit different from those of yesteryear. Stay abreast of the latest advice for the healthiest pregnancy possible.
My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and … Continue reading →
How does “advanced maternal age” play out in the real world of pregnancy and parenting?
I peeked at my chart—scrawled across the top was the ominous phrase “advanced maternal age.” The OB handed me a referral to a high-risk clinic. “Is there something wrong?” I asked. Without looking up he said, “We refer all our … Continue reading →
It might seem counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can actually combat fatigue and help you feel better rested when your morning alarm starts buzzing.
Have you wondered why, oh why an exhausted baby-grower like yourself can’t catch a wink of sleep past 4 a.m.? Or maybe your whacked-out internal thermostat has hit a thousand degrees, making you feel like a hot mess with no … Continue reading →
Prenatal body changes range from quirky to nasty to downright worrisome. Learn what’s coming up around the bend, and identify a few red flags you should look out for.
From the moment you conceive, your body begins to transform from the everyday vehicle you’ve always known into an amazing, efficient (and sometimes kinda gross) baby-making machine. Some changes are obvious—a burgeoning belly, for example—while others will take you by … Continue reading →
Cure what ails you in those first weeks of pregnancy with these hopeful fixes.
Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading →
A little adjustment here, a healthy tweak there, and you’ll be at peak performance for the big day.
This baby thing is really happening, and you’re in it for the 40-week long haul. Maybe you were perfectly prepared before the test pointed positive, or maybe you’re like the rest of us and could use a tuneup to get … Continue reading →
A baby in your belly doesn’t have to mean a halt in your travel plans. Add these smart steps to your preflight checklist, and you’ll be on your way in no time.
Whether your job requires regular travel or your budget allows for recreational trips (hello, babymoon!), jet-setting while pregnant is often a part of the modern mom-to-be’s life. And happily, that’s A-OK. “There’s really no medical reason why you can’t travel … Continue reading →